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Study: Shorter life expectancy for gays living in high prejudice communities

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
LGBT-community
Gays, lesbians and bisexual individuals living in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities, according to a study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. [...]

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Gambian president promises to ‘fight homosexuals like we fight malaria’

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yahya Jammeh
BANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said Tuesday that LGBTQ people are “vermin” and said his government would tackle them in the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes. [...]

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Tenn. bill allowing discrimination against gay couples dead this session

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Tennessee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A proposal to protect wedding-related businesses from lawsuits if they refuse to provide services to same-sex couples is dead for the session after being withdrawn from a Senate committee on Tuesday. [...]

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Kansas state Senator declares gay discrimination bill is dead

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Kansas
TOPEKA, Kan. -- An anti-gay marriage proposal that roiled Kansas politics is dead, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review it said Tuesday. [...]

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Uganda takes ‘moral’ high ground, dismisses U.S. pressure on anti-gay law

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda’s government on Tuesday dismissed calls by U.S. President Barack Obama not to sign an anti-homosexuality law, saying it was determined to protect the country’s “morals” even if that meant losing international aid. [...]

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Mob attacks suspected gays in Nigeria to ‘cleanse’ their neighborhood

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria -- A mob armed with wooden clubs and iron bars, screaming that they were going to "cleanse" their neighborhood of gay people, dragged 14 young men from their beds and assaulted them, human rights activists said Saturday. [...]

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Uganda president to sign bill imposing life in prison for convicted homosexuals

Friday, February 14, 2014
Yoweri Museveni
KAMPALA, Uganda — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will sign the country’s controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill that imposes life imprisonment for anyone convicted of homosexuality, according to a government spokesman. [...]

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Gays in Kenya protest against Uganda’s anti-homosexuality bill

Monday, February 10, 2014
Ben Curtis, APKenyan gays and lesbians and others supporting their cause wear masks to preserve their anonymity as they stage a rare protest, against Uganda's increasingly tough stance against homosexuality and in solidarity with their counterparts there, outside the Uganda High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.
NAIROBI, Kenya - Gays and lesbians in Kenya have joined a global effort to protest against an anti-homosexuality bill passed by Uganda's parliament and now in the hands of the country's president. [...]

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Russia reverses decision to punish school girl for ‘gay propaganda’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
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BRYANSK, Russia -- A Russian Juvenile Commission in the city of Bryansk has reversed its decision to discipline a 14-year-old schoolgirl accused of engaging in "propaganda" of non-traditional sexual relations. [...]

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How Russia enforces its ban on gay ‘propaganda’

Thursday, February 6, 2014
Alexander Zemlianichenko, APIn this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014 file photo a Russian gay rights activist walks along a police line during a rally at a Moscow boulevard.
MOSCOW -- When the Sochi Winter Olympics begin Friday, many will be watching to see whether Russia will enforce its law banning gay "propaganda" to minors if athletes, fans or activists wave rainbow flags or speak out in protest. The message so far has been confusing. [...]

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